Security news for August 20 2021: Reams of sensitive data maybe in the hands of the Taliban
Here is your weekly roundup of some of the most interesting headlines in cybersecurity for the week of August 20, 2021
Among the many long-term costs of the rapid fall of the Afghan government and withdrawal of U.S diplomatic and military personnel is that troves of sensitive U.S government data are now in the hands of the Taliban. Reams of unclassified but sensitive material will probably remain in the country, both in digital and physical formats. This also includes data shared with the Afghan government, non-governmental organizations, and other partners in the country.
U.S Telecom provider T-Mobile is warning that a data breach has exposed the names, date of birth, Social Security number, and driver’s license/ID information of more than 40 million current, former or prospective customers who applied for credit with the company.
A research team said Tuesday that they discovered a flaw that potentially gives hackers access to live video data and audio from millions of internet-connected found throughout American’s homes. The vulnerability affects more than 83 million devices that use ThroughTek’s Kalay network, according to the cybersecurity firm FireEye’s Mandiant division.
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